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Fortnight for Freedom Starts TOMORROW!

 

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

If you've read the papers lately—or especially if you're a regular reader of my weekly e-newsletter—you know the alarming and increasing pressures on people of faith. Believers forced to abandon their religious convictions when they enter the public square. Religious agencies forced to shut their doors or violate key tenets of their faith.

Whether it's Catholic Charities being forced out of the adoption business, a Christian photographer fined for declining to film a same-sex wedding ceremony, or the HHS contraceptive mandate, the challenges for religious individuals and institutions are increasing to levels not seen in decades. I hope you'll take a moment to watch this new video from our friends at CatholicVote.com, powerfully explaining what is at stake in this fight.

 

And that's why NOM is pleased to join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in observing a "Fortnight for Freedom," a period of prayer and public education beginning tomorrow as the Catholic Church celebrates the courage and conviction of St. Thomas More, and concluding on America's Independence Day, July 4th.

We are tremendously grateful for the leadership of Bishop Lori of Baltimore and of all the U.S. Catholic Bishops, setting aside these next two weeks to celebrate our heritage of religious liberty and educate the American people about the growing threats to our first freedom.

But religious liberty isn't just a Catholic issue—Americans from all faith traditions are joining together in this celebration of religious liberty! The Catholic Church is our nation's largest religious body, and by far the largest non-governmental provider of social services. The stakes are enormous...and all people of faith need to stand together to defend our freedom to participate in the public square as believing citizens.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Here are just a few of the ways that individuals, churches and clergy across the country are coming together to celebrate and protect our religious freedoms over the next 14 days:

  • Special religious services
  • Focused prayer
  • Sermons on religious heritage and faithfulness in the face of political persecution
  • Bulletin inserts on religious liberty
  • Ringing of church bells across the nation at noon on July 4th!

I urge you to join us in celebrating the Fortnight for Freedom! Please talk to your pastor to discuss how your diocese or church can participate. And if your church isn't hosting a special event, you can go to www.Fortnight4Freedom.org to participate with other churches in your area.

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13 Comments

  1. John N.
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Loved both videos and I hope this really inspires people. I am not Catholic but it saddens me when I see Catholics voting for liberal Democrats who turn around and take away their rights.

    Here is hoping Catholics finally wake up and smell the coffee. I should know I live in MA a predominately Catholic and Democratic state. They oppose this and then keep on voting for the same old Dems.

  2. M. Jones
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Great videos, we must act now. Democrats and their elite homosexual friends have declared a full out war on people of faith.

  3. Posted June 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Hmm. I wonder if I'm an "elite" homosexual. I DO know that it's my freedom y'all are messing with.

  4. Randy E King
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    James,

    The Judea/Christian faith is the source of our freedom.

    Marriage corruption supporters are demanding we segregate our freedom from its source. It is a lot like laying claim to the water but being offended by the waters source.

  5. Posted June 21, 2012 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    This country is under the authority of the Constitution, not the Bible. And civil marriage contains no religion whatsoever, unless you want it to.

  6. Publius
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Of course, there is a secular case against de-gendered marriage. See, for example, http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/a-secular-case-against-same-sex-marriage/

  7. Good News
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    @James L.
    The word “marriage” in the dictionary does not pertain to a religious union above and before all else. It simple pertains to a union between a man and a woman. This is the word and the definition we here want to preserve. Religion is an intertwined issue, put separate and distinct. So when you say civil marriage or any other kind of human marriage, we want that to signify what it has always signified – a man-woman union. It is really the dictionary word and definition that is the simple and basic base of NOM's fight. Your seemingly innocent comments, camouflaged by the subject of the Bible and religion, are really the frontal attack on the word marriage that NOM is fighting against. Civil “marriage” to NOM can only be “man-woman” union. Bible and religion having nothing to do with it.

  8. Posted June 22, 2012 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    All of this fuss is over a dictionary definition? First, I don't believe that, and second, you've already lost that battle. Many dictionaries have several definitions of marriage. There's even corporate marriage (corporations are people, my friend).

    And if the Bible and religion have nothing to do with it, why is it that Mormons and Catholics are so hugely behind NOM? You say I have "innocent comments?" Everything you wrote is deeply disingenuous.

  9. Posted June 22, 2012 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    James:

    A very great many of your fellow citizens are Catholics. A smaller but rapidly growing number are Mormons.

    Another significant percentage are Christians of other denominations.

    Beyond that, a significant portion of the agnostic/atheist remnant understands the insanity of redefining marriage along the lines suggested by the dreadfully disoriented pseudo-marriage movement.

    All of us have a vote, and this will assist you in understanding the ultimate doom of your cause.

  10. Posted June 22, 2012 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    James:

    A very great many of your fellow citizens are Catholics. A smaller but rapidly growing number are Mormons.

    Another significant percentage are Christians of other denominations.

    Beyond that, a significant portion of the agnostic/atheist remnant understands the insanity of redefining marriage along the lines suggested by the dreadfully disoriented pseudo-marriage movement.

    All of us have a vote, and this will assist you in understanding the ultimate fate of your cause.

  11. Posted June 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    "dreadfully disoriented pseudo-marriage movement."

    You've just defined NOM. A group of busybodies making it their lives' mission to impose their beliefs onto others. If my side wins, you've lost nothing. Your life will not have changed in any way. You could go on believing that my legal civil marriage is invalid (as you're doing this very minute). This isn't hypothetical anymore. I'm already legally married. What damage is my marriage doing right this minute?

  12. K C Thomas
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Those who have power of thinking know that marriage is between a man and a woman. Others go about talking and doing all unnatural things. After some time wisdom will dwell in them and by the time they would have suffered untold miseries like illness, lack of love, lack of family values

  13. Posted June 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    So, KC, because I'm legally married, somebody--me, society, you are not clear--will suffer misery, illness, lack of love, and the always vague "family values." So, sometime off in the future, my existing marriage will cause these things? So, is the answer that my non-hypothetical marriage isn't causing tangible damage right NOW, but SOMEDAY we're all going to be sorry? I guess we just need to trust you?